International students: After you arrive

Find out about what to do when you first get here, events to help you settle in and support available.

Biometric Residence Permit card (BRP)

If you have a student visa, you must collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. If your BRP card is being delivered to the University, please wait for us to email you when it has arrived. We will ask you to book a collection time slot. 

Right-to-Study check

You must provide your Right-to-Study check documents after you register online as soon as you arrive in the UK. Find out more about Right-to-Study checks.

Police registration

If you needed a visa to come to the UK, check it to find out if you need to register with the police. If you do need to register with the police, you must do this online within 7 days after arriving. If you have a temporary address, you need to update your police registration certificate once you have a permanent address.

Doctors, healthcare and vaccinations

Register with a GP (doctor) as soon as possible. A GP is your first step to get healthcare services in the UK.

Tell our Disability Services if you have a health problem, mental health issue, or a disability. We may provide equipment, extra time in exams, or other adjustments.

Get vaccinations

Find out about COVID-19 vaccinations.

Meningitis and Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination

Contact the Students' Health Service for information on getting a meningitisACWY and/or MMR vaccination.

EU student health surcharge reimbursement

Check the government website to find out if you are eligible for a health surcharge reimbursement.

Quarantine and testing costs

The University will help with the costs of coronavirus testing and quarantine where required.


If you haven't found accommodation before arriving in the UK, see our advice on how to find private accommodation.

Pay your fees

Sponsored students

International sponsored students need to provide the university with a sponsorship letter when registering. Find out how to provide your sponsorship letter.

University ID card (UCard) and logins

Check where and when to collect your University student ID card (UCard).

You will need your student number, and login information to access most University systems including email. If you can’t remember your password, you can reset it.

Open a bank account

It can take a few weeks to open a bank account. Find out what documents you need and how to do it. 

Find your way around Bristol

Find information on travelling around Bristol by bus, train, walking and cycling.

Get a mobile phone

You may need a UK mobile number to use some services in the UK. Find out how to get a UK mobile phone.

Free support services

Find out about our free support services open to all students.

Online food delivery

You can get food delivered to you from a range of supermarkets and food delivery services. Find out what is available.

Avoiding scams

Criminals sometimes target students through scams and online fraud. This can be online, via email or social media, or by phone. Find out what to watch out for and how to protect yourself.

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